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Abstract

In May 1989 the Italian Parliament approved the Law number 183 which introduced a fundamental reform in the field of soil protection and water management by securing a single centre to oversee the different sectoral policies for the water cycle. The law established the hydrographic basin as the environmental reference system within which all regulatory actions by different institutional bodies had to be co-ordinated. The Italian territory was divided up into river basins, classified as being of national, inter-regional and regional importance. For the nationally significant basins the law set up Basin Authorities, among these the largest and most important is that of the River Po.

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Authors: PASSINO R, PO RIVER AUTHORITY BASIN, PARMA (IT);CHIADANI G, Biology Department (Milan (IT);GIOVANARDI F, Consorzio Ital copo, Parma (IT);PREMAZZI G, EI, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 8th International Conference on the Conservation and Management of Lakes, Copenhagen (DK), 17-21st May (1999)
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
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